Parliament chairman: Georgian United National Movement concedes defeat
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct. 3 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
The Georgian United National Movement has conceded defeat in the elections to the Georgian parliament and is ready to become an opposition force, chairman of the current Parliament David Bakradze said at a press conference today.
"We will join parliament and work with the Georgian Dream, respecting the choice of people," he added.
Bakradze said that Saakashvili's political team did everything to ensure the freedom of choice in the country and transfer the power through elections. "We are ready to demonstrate how to respect the choice of people and the interests of the state," he said.
Bakradze said that the party will join parliament and work given the state interests. "We are ready for constructive work," he said.
The chairman of the Georgian current parliament thanked voters for their support. The party got 40 per cent of votes in the party elections. According to the preliminary data, around 35 MPs passed to become a majority in the elections.
Parliamentary elections were held in Georgia on October 1. Around 14 parties and two political blocs participated in the elections.
Parliamentary elections were held in Georgia on a mixed - list, majority system. Around 150 MPs must be elected - 77 on the lists (a passing barrier of five per cent) and 73 - single-seat constituencies.
Parliament will receive more authority in 2013 after amendments to the constitution take effect resulting in the president's power being reduced.